How To Get Around Albuquerque

Where am I and how did I get here? Only you can answer the latter, but as to the former, the contents herein are designed to highlight various aspects of life in Albuquerque. Goods and services are, for the most part, local to the university area. Where are all these places?

Restaurants Close By

On Central

  • Frontier – 2400 Central, You’re not a real Lobo until you’ve consumed an enchilada plate at 1 a.m. here!
  • Olympia – 2210 Central, Consistently good Greek.
  • Yasmine’s Cafe – 1600 Central, Middle Eastern, fast and good.
  • The Cube – 1520 Central, Barbecue, hot dogs, fries.
  • 66 Diner1405 Central, Whimsical, retro diner featuring traditional diner fare amid a vintage jukebox & soda fountain. 
  • O Ramen Curry House - 2114 Central Ave SE, featuring ramen, curry, sake, and beer across from university.

Down Cornell

Down Harvard

  • Which Wich – your combinatorics problem while you eat: how many different sandwiches are possible?
  • Cheba Hut - excellent sandwiches!
  • Kai’s Chinese – standard American Chinese, can get very full at noon.
  • El Patio – New Mexican, fantastic green and red chile, nice patio in front  and now offers breakfast!

Down Yale

Farther Out…

  • Chillz – 2720 Central – Estancia grown raspberries atop custard ice cream and the ever reliable funnel cake!
  • Flying Star Cafe - 3416 Central, great for dessert and coffee; serves a full menu also.
  • Il Vicino – 3403 Central, brew pub, pizza, sandwiches, typically loud and fun, great for people watching.
  • Quarters BBQ – 801 Yale SE, go here when you are really hungry and not on a diet.
  • Chen’s Chinese Food – 235 Juan Tabo NE, great little Mom and Pop place.
  • India Kitchen – 6910 Montgomery NE, great Indian food near the corner of Montgomery and Louisiana.
  • Pho Nguyen – 7202 Menaul NE, Vietnamese, quite good, excellent service.
  • El Pinto - 10500 4th NW, huge, beautiful Hacienda style Mexican restaurant, in warm months the large outside patio is a great place to take out of town visitors.
  • Farm & Table 8917 4th St NW, Upscale, regionally inspired cuisine made from local & seasonal ingredients amid Southwestern decor.

Coffee Houses

  • R.B. Winning Coffee Co – 111 Harvard SE, good coffee, fast for lunch, lots of attitude.
  • Satellite Coffee - Central and Harvard SE, high quality fully leaded caffeine delivery food and beverage options, all in a smooth/cool/tech atmosphere complete with big chairs and small soft lights, go here to start your tech blog rather than get any real work done.


  • Alpine Sausage Kitchen – 2800 Indian School NE, traditional German meats and small selection of imported items.
  • La Montanita Coop – 3500 Central, everything organic, beautiful fruits and vegetables, bulk foods.
  • Smiths - 2620 Carlisle NE or 320 Yale SE,  standard grocery store: nothing spectacular, but has a lot of everything.
  • Sprouts Farmers Market- 5112 Lomas Blvd. NE, has organic and natural food products.
  • Talin Market- 88 Louisiana Blvd SE, has a variety of international foods.
  • Whole Foods- 2103 Carlisle Boulevard NE, carries organic fruits, vegetables and meats.


Pharmacies, etc.

  • Student Pharmacy - on campus, located at Student Health Center and Undergraduate Studies ( Bldg. 73 on central campus map).
  • Walgreens – 2950 Central, a standard pharmacy and variety store, includes liquor sales, go figure…
  • Walgreens - 3501 Lomas NE, ditto the above as well, although this location has the distinction of not including liquor.
  • Wal-Mart – 2701 Carlisle NE, everything you could possibly think of for under $100.
  • Wal-Mart – 301 San Mateo SE, same thing, alternate location.




Near the airport

Near the University



City Attractions and Fun Stuff

Albuquerque Data Compendiums

Clear your Head: Great Day Trips

  • Santa Fe - Rich in art, culture, food,  and history. Santa Fe is located about one hour north of Albuquerque.
  • Acoma Pueblo – Discover the centuries-old history of New Mexico’s southwest Indians. Acoma Pueblo offers a window in time where Native people carry on the customary traditions of their ancestors through Native American pottery making and tribal celebrations.
  • Cochiti Lake – A large campground with easy access to the lake and its associated watersports. If you enjoy the water, this is a good campground to visit.
  • El Morro – Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish and American travelers carved over 2,000 signatures, dates, messages, and petroglyphs.
  • Gran Quivira – Ancient stone houses built by early American Indians who inhabited  central New Mexico.
  • Hiking the Sandias – Offers over 60 different trails totaling over 150 miles.
  • Mount Taylor -Built from many successive lava flows followed by ask flows and erupted repeatedly for two million years.
  • Petroglyph National Monument – protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago.
  • U-Mound Bouldering – Guide and instructions on bouldering.
  • The Very Large Array – The world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico.

And Beyond….

Page concept by M. Leigh Fanning. Design and execution by M. Leigh Fanning and Ashley Taylor.
Copyright, UNM Department of Computer Science